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• For the 15th consecutive year, ESPN will present the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship in its entirety, with the 15-game, 16-team tournament beginning with regional action March 29-31 and concluding with the Frozen Four on April 11 and 13. The Frozen Four will be in Buffalo, NY, with all three games on ESPN2.

• The NFL's 100th season will begin with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers in Soldier Field on Thursday, Sept. 5 (NBC, 8:20 PM ET). This will be the 199th meeting between the Bears and Packers, including regular- and post-season. Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will begin their season on NBC Sunday Night Football Sept. 8. Their opponent will be named when the full 2019 regular season schedule is released later this spring.

• Kraft Heinz, in partnership with the NHL and NHLPlayers’ Association (NHLPA) has unveiled the top four finalist communities competing for the coveted title of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019. Voting begins March 30.

• NBA Experience, the new destination coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando) will officially open Aug. 12, 2019. In collaboration with the NBA, Disney is developing NBA Experience with 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors, also including a NBA-themed retail store.

• D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery has signed a deal with Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Aaron Nola, making him one of the first active, MLB players to have a partnership with a beer brand. Yuengling has been a sponsor of the Phillies since 2017,

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Dec112017

Santa Has A Bag Of Unusual Presents To Give Players For NBA Xmas On ESPN

By Barry Janoff

December 11, 2017: Christmas is a holiday, and the NBA is big on TV and social media on Christmas.

But is Xmas the official holiday of the NBA?

ESPN says so, and they get support from Santa — or, at least, their Santa, played by actor/comic/writer Jon Glaser — who gets some NBA stars to sit on his lap as part of ESPN’s humorous campaign to support Christmas Day coverage on ESPN and ABC.

The NBA has five nationally televised games on Dec. 25, with the lone non-Disney-owned network game on TNT (Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers).

This will be the 15th season that the NBA has five nationally televised games during Xmas and the fourth year of ESPN’s Santa campaign.

The new ESPN-ABC campaign features Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), John Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Nick Young (Golden State Warriors), J.R. Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers) and a guest appearance by Kristaps (The Unicorn) Porzingas of the New York Knicks.

The campaign was shot in Los Angeles back in September.

Lead agency is Funworks.

In the spots, Glaser as a somewhat mischievous Santa has unusual presents for his NBA guests.

In “A Gift for Ben Simmons,” to support the 76ers playing the Knicks, Santa offers the young 76ers star a stuffed unicorn, which is adored with a photo of Porzinas, making Simmons less than happy.

In his spot, Nick Young has several requests in anticipation of the Warriors playing the Cavaliers in a rematch of the last three NBA Finals: “A win. A triple-double would be great. At least 48 points. A clean block on LeBron. I would like you to take me to space.”

“Sounds fun,” says Santa. “We got you this ($25) gift card.”

Santa has one-of-a-kind items in a spot for the Washington Wizards backcourt duo of Wall and Beal: An ugly Xmas sweater for John Wall with the word “Alley” on it and one for Beal with the word “Oops.”

“I’m not not wearing a sweater with the word “Oops on it,” says Beal. Santa has an option: “How about the matching Oops underwear?”

In “John Wall Dreams of Breaking Ankles,” Wall has his own gift. He is eating a gingerbread man and starts by breaking one of its ankles..

In the spot with JR Smith, Santa wants to give Smith a new name. “Everyone knows why you are called X-Factor (for being unpredictable). Not everyone knows why you are JR . . . Jumpshot Ron! Jumpshot Ronald!”

“No,” corrects JR. “ It stands for Junior.”

“You don’t want to jazz that up? “ asks Santa, who gives Smith a big yawn.

The campaign will run through Christmas Day. Support includes Internet, social media and ESPN on-air mentions.

NBA Xmas National TV Schedule

• Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks ESPN Noon (ET)
• Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors ABC 3 PM (ET)
• Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics ABC 5:30 PM (ET)
• Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder ABC 8 PM (ET)
• Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

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